Dennis R. Schrader, Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness, and Glenn Cannon, Assistant Administrator for Disaster Operations, FEMA

DomesticPreparedness met with Dennis R. Schrader, Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness, FEMA. Schrader, the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) deputy administrator for national preparedness – accompanied by Glenn Cannon, FEMA assistant director for disaster operations – discusses the soon-to-be-released final version of the National Response Framework (NRF).

NRF Overview

How the National Response Framework reflects the “new” and “forward-leaning” FEMA and eliminates the need for formal declaration of an incident of national significance. The recognition by elected officials of the importance of executive leadership for preparedness.


The emergency manager as a “coordinator” for logistics and communications support; institutionalizing coordination with the private sector and faith-based organizations; the stand-up of ESF 13 (public safety and security) law-enforcement teams to assist state and local authorities; how the FEMA gap-analysis process is driving requirements and determining the allocation of resources.

Incident Management

The rollout of incident management assistance teams (IMATs). The relationship between, and responsibilities of, local emergency operations centers (EOCs) and area commands; the role of the designated safety officer in the incident command structure.

IT and Communications

Back-ups and redundancy in the information-technology infrastructure. The rollout of the mobile emergency response support (MERS) program.

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Dennis R. Schrader

Dennis R. Schrader is President of DRS International LLC and former deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Directorate. Prior to assuming his NPD post he served as the State of Maryland’s first director of homeland security, and before that served for 16 years in various leadership posts at the University of Maryland Medical System Corporation. Dennis currently provides Senior Consulting services at Integrity Consulting Solutions, LLC.



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